Andrew McLaughlin

Year of Call: 1993

Inn: Middle Temple

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Superb advocate, very good in Court. Also provides clear and concise advice which gets to the heart of a case without dwelling on peripheral issues. Very good manner with clients, relatable and engaging.”

Legal 500,  2021
Personal Injury

Andrew’s key fields of expertise lie in fundamental dishonesty, brain and spinal injury and alleged chronic pain, employers’ liability for accidents at work and industrial disease, road traffic accidents, bullying and stress at work, sexual abuse, occupier’s and public liability.

Andrew is instructed by nearly all major insurance companies as well as private individuals and companies. He is instructed by the Government Legal Service on behalf of various departments of state. He also undertakes work on behalf of NHS Trusts and Local Authorities.

Andrew has extensive experience of dealing with multi-track claims at all levels, mainly in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He led a junior in Stewart V Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust cited above to defeat a QC who was appealing the loss of a substantial manual handling claim. This year he has scored several major wins for insurers in claims involving fundamental dishonesty. The most notable of these was the resounding defeat of Satinder Hunjan QC in Walkden v Drayton Manor Park in which a former managing director claimed almost £1.6m but lost on the basis he had been fundamentally dishonest. Since then he has also defended a tyre company at a liability trial in which the claimant was crushed underneath a bus and shattered his pelvis, again on the grounds he had been dishonest in the presentation of his case on liability. He has dealt with numerous lower leg amputations and interestingly a double hand amputation which went to an approval hearing this year.

In 2019 Andrew acted for the 2nd Defendant in the largest PPO case in history in this country ATX v CRS and DPS [2019] EWHC 6/6/19 (lawtel) in which the court approved a PPO of £950,000 per annum to a child who had suffered tetraplegia and severe brain injury.  He opened the appeals in Denton v TH White on behalf of the successful lead defendants, TH White.

He has a detailed knowledge of the legal and medical issues arising in claims for damages arising from bullying or stress at work, exposure to asbestos, noise-induced deafness, hand/arm vibration syndrome, exposure to hazardous substances, including bacteria, work-related upper limb disorders.

Andrew is respected by clients and opponents alike for his formidable courtroom skills, especially cross-examination.

Andrew is known amongst clients for his approachable style, flexibility and turnaround time.

Appointments:

  • A Panel of GLD counsel, dealing with the most complex work on behalf of government
  • Attorney General’s List of Panel Counsel 2012 – 2023

Professional memberships:

  • Member of the Personal Injury Bar Association Scholarships Benefactor’s and Blackstone scholarships from Middle Temple

Qualifications & awards:

  • BA (Hons) York